93 'til Infinity

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93 'til Infinity
Studio album by Souls of Mischief
Released September 23, 1993 (1993-09-23)
Recorded 1992–1993
Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California
Genre Alternative hip hop, golden age hip hop, jazz rap
Length 54:38
Label Jive/BMG Records
01241-41514
Producer Domino
Del tha Funkee Homosapien
A Plus
Casual
Jay Biz
Souls of Mischief chronology
93 'til Infinity
(1993)
No Man's Land
(1995)

93 'til Infinity is the debut album by Souls of Mischief. The group consists of four members (A-Plus, Opio, Phesto D and Tajai) and is a subgroup of the Oakland, California hip-hop collective group Hieroglyphics.

Album information[edit]

The sound of their debut is characteristic of the distinct style explored by the collective, including a rhyme scheme based on internal rhyme and beats centered around a live bass and obscure jazz and funk samples. 93 'til Infinity is often heralded as the best album to come out of the Hiero Golden Age, a period in the early-to-mid-nineties during which the collective released several critically acclaimed albums (including Del tha Funkee Homosapien's No Need for Alarm and Casual's Fear Itself) and rose to national prominence.

93 'til Infinity was propelled into success by its title track and lead single, which reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also featured singles "That's When Ya Lost" and "Never No More" which reached the Hot Rap Singles, but never charted on The Billboard Hot 100. According to Allmusic author Steve Huey, "Although the title cut is an underappreciated classic, 93 'til Infinity makes its greatest impression through its stunning consistency, not individual highlights."[1] Huey also goes on to remark that 93 'til Infinity is "one of the most slept-on records of the '90s".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]
RapReviews (9.5/10) [3]
ThaCorner (9.75/10) [4]

93 'til Infinity has been critically acclaimed by many critics for its genre defying subject matter, funky production and charismatic rapping. Although it was not as popular as other West Coast hip hop albums at the time of its release, it received positive acclaim. Suzann Vogel of Philadelphia Weekly gives much praise to it in this quote:

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Steve Huey of Allmusic also gives 93 'til Infinity much praise calling it "the best single album to come out of Oakland's Hieroglyphics camp" as well as saying how "[Souls of Mischief] completely redefined the art of lyrical technique for the West Coast, along with fellow standard-bearers Freestyle Fellowship, the Pharcyde, and Hiero founder Del tha Funkee Homosapien."[1]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. The title track was also included in the compilation remix album Another Late Night: Zero 7, released in 2002. 93 til infinity was featured in the 411 video magazine best of volume one.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Sample(s)
1 "Let 'Em Know" Domino *"Shadow Dancers" by George Benson
*"Dope Fiend Beat" by Too $hort
2 "Live and Let Live" Domino
  • First verse: Opio
  • Second verse: Tajai
  • Third verse: A-Plus
  • Chorus: Phesto
*"Can I Dedicate" by Loading Zone
3 "That's When Ya Lost" Del tha Funkee Homosapien
  • First verse: Tajai
  • Second verse: Phesto
  • Chorus: Pep Love
  • Third verse: A-Plus
  • Fourth verse: Opio
*"Feeling You, Feeling Me" by Monk Higgins
*"Statues" by Jack Bruce
*"Who Do You Love" by The Doors
4 "A Name I Call Myself" Del tha Funkee Homosapien
  • First/seventh verse: A-Plus
  • Second/eighth verse: Tajai
  • Third/fifth verse: Opio
  • Fourth/sixth verse: Phesto
*"Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss
*"Skydive" by Freddie Hubbard
*"Respect" by Rotary Connection
5 "Disseshowedo" Domino, Jay Biz
  • First verse: Tajai
  • Second verse: A-Plus
  • Third verse: Phesto
  • Fourth verse: Opio
*"Speak Truth to the People" by Butlers/Peter
6 "What a Way to Go Out" A-Plus
  • First verse: Phesto
  • Second verse: A-Plus
  • Third verse: Tajai
  • Fourth verse: Opio
*"Feeling You, Feeling Me" by Monk Higgins
*"North Carolina" by Les McCann
*"Pass the Peas" by The J.B.'s
*"I'm Housin'" by EPMD
7 "Never No More" A-Plus
  • First verse: Tajai
  • Second verse: Phesto
  • Third verse: A-Plus
  • Fourth verse: Opio
*"First Light" by Freddie Hubbard
8 "93 'til Infinity" A-Plus
  • First/seventh/tenth verse: Opio
  • Second/fifth/eleventh verse: A-Plus
  • Third/sixth/ninth verse: Tajai
  • Fourth/fifth/eighth verse: Phesto
*"Heather" by Billy Cobham
9 "Limitations" Jay Biz
  • First verse: Opio
  • Second verse: A-Plus
  • Chorus: Del tha Funkee Homosapien
  • Third verse: Tajai
  • Fourth verse: Casual
*"We're A Winner" by Curtis Mayfield
10 "Anything Can Happen" A-Plus
  • First verse: Tajai
  • Second verse: Opio
  • Third verse: Phesto
  • Fourth verse: A-Plus
*"Lonely Town" by Freddie Hubbard
*"Rainmaker" by Traffic
11 "Make Your Mind Up" Del tha Funkee Homosapien
  • First verse: A-Plus
  • Second verse: Opio
  • Third verse: Tajai
*"Collage" by Ramsey Lewis
*"Knowledge" by Gang Starr
12 "Batting Practice" Casual
  • First verse: A-Plus
  • Second verse: Tajai
  • Third verse: Opio
  • Fourth verse: Phesto
*"Povo" by Freddie Hubbard
13 "Tell Me Who Profits" Domino
  • First verse: A-Plus
  • Second verse: Phesto, Opio
  • Third verse: Tajai
*"Inside You" by Eddie Henderson
*"All The Things You Are" by Charlie Parker
14 "Outro" Domino
  • Souls of Mischief
*"Africana" by The Propositions

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"93 'Til Infinity"
  • Released: 1993
  • B-side: "Disseshowedo"
"That's When Ya Lost"
  • Released: May 10, 1993
  • B-side: "I Ain't Trippin' (Remix)", "Let 'Em Know"
"Never No More"
  • Released: 1994
  • B-side: "Make Your Mind Up", "Good Feeling"

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1993 93 'til Infinity 85 17

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1993 "93 'Til Infinity" 72 65 11 20
"That's When Ya Lost" - - 24 -
1994 "Never No More" - - 46 15

Credits[edit]

Souls Of Mischief:

Additional personnel:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. 93 'til Infinity at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  2. ^ "CG: Souls of Mischief". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Souls of Mischief :: '93 Til Infinity :: Jive/Zomba". Rapreviews.com. 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Buy These Records - 1/28/04 - philadelphia weekly online[dead link]

External links[edit]

'93 'til Infinity' at MusicBrainz (list of releases)